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hollidayRobin Holliday

turq_smallOwner and Curator, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery

After working in National Security for 26 years, Robin Holliday experienced several life-changing events that helped her realize that life is precious and short.  So, she left her career behind to pursue her life-long dream to embark on a personal journey as an artist and to one day own an Art Gallery.

In 2009, Robin created HorseSpirit Arts, LLC and began exhibiting her own art in local juried art shows.  In 2013, Robin opened HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, where she exhibits the work of many local artists.

suncatcher_smallShe chose the name HorseSpirit because she believes in the healing power of connection with animals, and horses in particular.  And like a horse’s spirit, her creativity runs wild!

Robin’s aspiration as an Artist is to inspire, and bring joy and hope to people through her art.   She was raised in an abusive home, and it is this harsh beginning that now enables her to understand the importance of being kind.  It is also this background that drives Robin to create “uplifting art,” as well as to develop relationships with others that are authentic and meaningful.

aqua_small purplesun_smallRobin designs and creates one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry from natural gem stones.  She also creates crystal sun catchers and mobiles.  Her jewelry is made from stones such as Amethyst, Pearls, Turquoise and Black Onyx, combined with her metalwork.  Her sun catchers & mobiles are styled using faceted lead crystal prisms (both new and recycled) and hand-made lampwork beads. When the sunlight hits the crystal prisms, it is refracted and creates beautiful rainbows throughout the room.  Robin creates everything using sterling silver-plated or 24K gold-covered wire & findings.

  • Education:   Bachelors of Science, Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University (NCSU), 1983. Masters of Science, Nuclear Engineering (Minor Mathematics), NCSU, 1986
  • tibet_smallHonors & Awards:   Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award-1995; Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) Phil E. Depoy Award for Analytical Excellence-1996; International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation Fellows Recipient-1998/1999 (co-sponsored by the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for International Studies SEMINAR XXI Fellow-2005/06; and Appointment to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Principal Professional Staff-2007.

bluesun_smallRobin lives in Columbia MD with her wonderful husband Max Crownover – a cherished blessing in her life.  They share their home with two golden retrievers and six cats.   Robin has also been a Group Fitness Instructor since 1990 and teaches Aerobics, Body Pump and Dance for the Columbia Association.

We’re located in Historic Old Town Ellicott City at
8090 Main Street

Gallery Hours

MONDAY 11am–6pm
TUESDAY closed
WEDNESDAY closed
THURSDAY 11am–6pm
FRIDAY 11am–7pm
SATURDAY 11am–7pm
SUNDAY 11am–6pm

Dear Friends, Please join us for Local Artist Beverley Hunter’s Demonstration of how to create a Mosaic at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, next Saturday (24 February), 1-3PM. Festive beverages & desserts served!

About Beverley Hunter:
For Beverley, Mosaic Art is a culmination of all of her creative passions from a very early age including portraiture, needlepoint, quilting, ceramics, incessant drawing and an adoration for color! She uses many types of media in her art including glass, ceramics, beads, tiles and unique found treasures.

Beverley's education and professional background includes graphic design, so composition is in her nature, and to apply this in a 3-dimensional way, creating a detailed extravaganza of tactile shape and color, is supremely rewarding to her. Beverley is thrilled when people enjoy the artwork that she has gained such satisfaction in creating.

Beverley received her Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design, Textile Design and Fine Art from St. Albans College of Art and Design, St. Albans, England in 1985. She then received a Bachelor’s of Arts with Honors Degree in Graphic Design from Canterbury College of Art/Kent Institute of Art & Design, Kent, England in 1988.

Beverley started her professional life in Graphic Design at John Michael Design PLC, London, England, 1988 – 1990, where she was the Design Manager. Once stateside she worked at Beth Singer Design, Washington DC, 1992 – 1993, as their Production Manager, she was then with Kinetik Communication Graphics, Washington, DC, from February, 1994 – January 2016 where she was the Production Director. Beverley is now with HZDG (Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group), she is responsible for buying print for their Rockville headquarters, as well as for the New York, Baltimore and Santa Cruz offices.

Throughout her career, Beverley has continued to pursue her own art. She has shown and sold her work in the House of Fish Gallery in Pensacola, FL, and the Mariposa Gallery, in Orange Beach, AL as well as numerous craft shows in MD such as Artscape in Baltimore, Sugarloaf in Gaithersburg and Paragon in Silver Spring.

Beverley currently resides in Gaithersburg, MD with her son, two daughters and their small, adorable dog Kittee.

In Closing: Please come see how Beverley creates her lovely Mosaics, along with the original creations of the gallery’s other 45 local artists! Festive beverages and desserts served! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

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Dear Friends, Artist Rhona LK Schonwald in moving to Florida and all her artwork is now 20% off at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Rhona is a nationally known artist who creates beautiful abstract oil paintings, bronze and ceramic sculptures, photograph and more. Her last day at the gallery is 1 March 2018 – when all her artwork will be packed up and shipped to Florida. If you have your eye on one of Rhona’s pieces, NOW is the time to buy! Included here are photos of some of Rhona’s work in the gallery.

In Closing: We are going to miss Rhona tremendously! But we wish her much success in Florida. Please come see Rhona’s beautiful artwork and find a treasure! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#hocoarts #hoco #ECStrong #EllicottCity #HoCo #ArtGallery #HoCoArts #OEC #VisitOEC #oldellicottcity #handmadewithlove #handmade #historicellicottcity #mainstreet #mainstreetellicottcity #ellicottcityart #marylandart #marylandartists #maryland #localart #localartists #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #painting #ceramics #sculpture #fusedglass #horsespiritartgallery #fineart #ellicottcityart #local
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Dear Friends, THIS SUNDAY, 11 February, 1-3PM, come meet the 45+ local Artists of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. View their new art work – as the Gallery has been “refreshed” will their latest original creations! The weather is supposed to in the low 60s - much better than the 20-30 degree temperatures we have had lately. So, grab your umbrella, take a break from the outside world and come enjoy fellowship and beautiful art! Bubbly-festive beverages and a 2018 celebratory cake will be served. Look forward to seeing you soon! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Thursday 11AM-6PM, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#hocoarts #hoco #ECStrong #EllicottCity #HoCo #ArtGallery #HoCoArts #OEC #VisitOEC #oldellicottcity #handmadewithlove #handmade #historicellicottcity #mainstreet #mainstreetellicottcity #ellicottcityart #marylandart #marylandartists #maryland #localart #localartists #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #painting #ceramics #sculpture #fusedglass #horsespiritartgallery #fineart #ellicottcityart #local
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Dear Friends, On Sunday, 11 February, 1-3PM, come meet the 45+ local Artists of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. View their new art work – as the Gallery has been “refreshed” will their latest original creations! Bubbly-Festive beverages, a 2018 celebratory cake, and other desserts will be served with a very cheerful & uplifting attitude! Come take a break from the outside world and enjoy fellowship and beautiful art. Look forward to seeing you soon!! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Thursday 11AM-6PM, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#hocoarts #hoco #ECStrong #EllicottCity #HoCo #ArtGallery #HoCoArts #OEC #VisitOEC #oldellicottcity #handmadewithlove #handmade #historicellicottcity #mainstreet #mainstreetellicottcity #ellicottcityart #marylandart #marylandartists #maryland #localart #localartists #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #painting #ceramics #sculpture #fusedglass #horsespiritartgallery #fineart #ellicottcityart #local
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Dear Friends, Please join me in welcoming Local Artist Alison Leigh Menke to HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Alison is a Fine Art, Plein Air Oil Painter. She is exceedingly gifted and I am absolutely thrilled to have her join the gallery! Come meet Alison in person on Sunday, 11 February, 1-3PM – along with the other 45 local Artists of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery! Festive beverages & desserts served!

About Alison Leigh Menke:
Alison is a conceptual plein air impressionist. Her subjects depict the natural beauty of light in the landscape, while emphasizing the rich colors our world has to offer. The vast majority of her work is created in open air, often backpacking to remote locations, or navigating city sidewalks. Alison loves painting directly from real life and experience. Her approach stresses the importance of expressing a true sense of light and place while showcasing the qualities of oil paint and brushwork. Painting thick and thinking abstract design, she loves to use texture and color to move a viewer around her painting.

Alison Leigh Menke was born abroad in 1987 and raised in Howard County, Maryland. Growing up she was impressed by the art of her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. These strong women and their paintings enchanted her throughout her youth and help inspire her today. Her great-grandmother, Georgia Leigh Caldwell, was an American Impressionist. In 2010 Alison graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in Art and Art History. She has studied art abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece and in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and has attended over a dozen workshops with talented artists around the world. Her journey into landscape painting began in 2011 when a three-week solitary trip to Colorado turned into a five-month foray into plein air. She painted every day, camped in national parks, sold studies out of the trunk of her car, and created over 150 paintings. With a desire to travel and learn from her peers, Alison has spent the past three years attending plein air competitions and festivals. Between the plein air seasons of 2016 and 2017 she attended 26 competitions along the eastern seaboard and was honored with 26 awards. Her successes have garnered attention from local newspapers, Plein Air Magazine, Art Connoisseur, and various publications.

Travelling is a large part of Alison’s artistic inspiration. She loves the freshness of new locations and loves to explore how much her palette changes from landscape to landscape. By no means is Alison a nomad. As far as her travels may take her – there is no place like home in Clarksville, Maryland.

Organizations: Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) – Paint-out Coordinator Board Member (2014 – present); American Impressionist Society (AIS) – Associate Member (2017 – present);
Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) – Artist Member (2015 – present); Washington Project of the Arts (2011 – 2015); and Junior Member of the Arts Club of Washington (2014- 2015)

Teaching: Chesapeake School of Fine Art – Oil painting and landscape instructor; Private studio classes (2016 – present).

In Closing: Please come see Alison’s beautiful artwork, along with the original creations of the gallery’s other 45 local artists! And I look forward to seeing you on Sunday 11 February, 1-3PM, for a “Meet the Artist” event at the Gallery. Festive beverages and desserts served! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#hocoarts #hoco #ECStrong #EllicottCity #HoCo #ArtGallery #HoCoArts #OEC #VisitOEC #oldellicottcity #handmadewithlove #handmade #historicellicottcity #mainstreet #mainstreetellicottcity #ellicottcityart #marylandart #marylandartists #maryland #localart #localartists #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #painting #ceramics #sculpture #fusedglass #horsespiritartgallery #fineart #ellicottcityart #local
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